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HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
or THS LATK
Rev. Israel Potter's Branch
By J. S. POTTER, of Boston
PUBLISHED BT THE AUTHOR.
W. KBLLAWAY, PRINTER, 30 EXCHANGE STREET.
THE GIFT OF
Nts. James W, Gates
in memory of Mrs. Fdna
HISTORY AND GENEAIXJOY
OF THE LATK
Rev. Iskael Potter's Branch
By J. S. POTTER, of Boston
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.
W. KELLAWAY, PRINTER. 30 EXCHANGE STREET.
TO THE POTTER FAMILY OF CLEMENTS POINT, SMITHS
COVE AND WEST PORT, AND TO ALL OTHER PARTS,
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
THIS TWENTY-SECOND DA Y OF FEBRUARY, 1&85.
A HISTORY OF THE POHER FAMILY.
The genealogy, or history of the Potters, carries
us back to 1628 ; when Robert Potter sailed from
England to this country, and settled in the town of
Warwick, R. I., — and also back to the coat-of-arms,
worn by many I'aniilies of Potters, previous to 1600 ;
and was derived from those of the ancient Earl of
Leicester, as man^ of the Potter families in England,
in different parts, served with those ancient earls in
Now, I wish to give a record, which I hope and
believe wiU interest our branch of the family, at
Clements i.*ort, N. S., and other parts of the
Province ; and also those who reside in the United
I cannot tell where ray great grandfather was born,
but I have the names of his children, which I will
give. I do not know where Joseph Potter, Jr., my
grandfather was born ; but I know that he went from
the States to Nova Scotia, a little before the War of
the Revolution, and from thence to New York, for
the purpose of raising a company to build iion
works (or foundry,) in the town of Clements, N. S.
He was lost at sea, and never heard from. In after
years. Mr. Alger, from South Boston, went down,
rais«ed a company, built the foundry, and ran it for
A A JUSTORV OF
some time. The iron ore used in the fuinace came
off my father's hmd, as he settled oriandtather's estate,
and lived on the homestead. Father sold the iron
ore to the company.
A RFX'ORD OF THE CHILDREN OF JOSEPH I'OTTER,
MY GREAT GRANDFATHER.
Mary Potter, born July 3rd, 1736.
Betty Potter, born June 22nd, 173«.
Joseph Potter, born Aug. 23rd, 1741.
Robert Potter, born Nov. 7th, 1745.
Benjamin Potter, born May 9th, 1749.
Eben Potter, born Aug. Uth, 1751.
Sarah Potter, born Nov. 1st, 1753.
John Potter, born March 31st, 1757.
Reuben Potter, born Dec. 9th, 1759.
Mary Potter experience<l a great deliverance Sept.
A RECORD OF THE CHILDREN OF JOSEPH POTTER, JR.,
Aaron Potter, born July 11th, 1762.
Israel Potter, born Nov. 28th, 1763.
Mary Potter, born Feb. 7th, 1766.
Zebudah Potter, died Jan. 24th, 1760.
The tSame, by Mart/ Fanmvorfh (second wife).
Joseph Potter, born Monday, June 14th, 1773.
Samuel Potter, born Friday, Dec. 9th, 1774.
Sarah Potter, born , Aug. 4th, 1776.
Benjam.in Potter, born Friday, Dec. 11th, 1777.
Lydia Potter, born Friday, Oct. 29th, 1779.
THE rOTIEK FAMILY. 5
Franklin Potter, horn Saturdny, Apr. 28th, 1781.
Martha Potter, born Monday, Apr. 9th, 1783.
Sukey Potter, horn Friday, Fel). 18th, 1785.
Esther Potter, bo:n Friday, Mar. l«)th, 1787.
Esther died Mar. 2r)th, 1851 ; age, 64.
THE R ECO HI) OF MY FATHER.
And first: My father, Israel Potter, afterward
Rev. Israel Potter, was I)orn in Worcester county,
Mass., in July, 1763. He was one of the six
months' men Taised in the town of Shrewsbury, by
the State of Massachusetts, to reinforce the Conti-
nental Army in 1780— (age 17 ; July, 1780)— and
which marched from Springfield under the command
of Lieut. Taylor, of 2il Mass. Regt., July 6th, 1780.
After the war of the Revolution was over, and peace
declared, he went to Nova Scotia, settled his father's
estate, and lived on the old homestead in the town
of Clements, at a place since called Potter's Point,
where 1 e carried on farming, and the hprritifj Jisherif,
which was a very profitable business.
Ah, well do I renieml)er the old /tomesff^fd, where
1 was born ! And the faniiituj, the Ji.shiug, the
hrivk-makimf , the cutting down the forest, the build-
'm<r vessels, etc., with all that <roes to make up the
history, and all the variations of this movkd life.'
In looking back threescore and ten years, how
short the space of time seems to appear !
" I^Ian that is born of a woman is of few days, and
full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is
cut down : he fleeth also like a shadow, and continu-
A HISTORY (^F
eth not." (Job xiv. 1,2.) How true this is, and
the only hope of Ioikj life, \a to he ** horn again !"
Thi.s takes phice at " the resurrection of the just ;"
whoever attains to that *' will not die any more."
On tht Old UumeMead—Fi^h. 22, 1884.
Tlie fann-houst' wore a modest mien,
The small-size wiiulows <]iiuiiit and red,
And tlirousl» a tanjjleil web of j;reen,
I think I see the nld wnod shed !
The orchard bloom, in white and pink.
Was handsome to tl»e children's eye,
Sweet music of the buh-o-Unk,
Gave pleasure in a sunlit sky.
The lofty hei^rht of hard-wood trees,
Tliat used to j;rovv up<?n the hill.
Was kept to burn — we did not tVeeze —
For the fireplace we used to till !
The nijrhtingale— her iinj;iu«; sonj?,
I'pon those trees, in summer time.
We heard it all the eveninjr long,
She'd almost charm us with her rhyme.
of clover red and new-mown hay,
A fragrance on the air swept by,
The old brickyard and miry clay,
Would sometimes cause us boys to sigh !
The sunset spread its rose-red glare,
The stars upon the upland play;
Thiiugh dreamy paths of purple air,
Xorth Mountain ranges stretch away I
Beside the harti, ch)se to the wood,
Within the mellow twilight gloanu
THE POTTER FAMILY.
IIow oft. a barpfo'ot bmj, I stood,
To wait until tho cows cuine home.
The batt'j of my life I've foujrht,
Part ft-om the scenes of boyhood's time,
Yet even In this time I soufrht
To clusp a stronger Hand than mine I
.1. s. r.
Even him, who has ''all power in heiiven and on
earth." Who " spoiled principalities and powers and
made a show of them openly." "Who abolished
deaffi, and brought life and immortality to light by
the gospel." Who is " the resurrection and the
life." And has the ♦' keys of /tfnfrx and of 7M//// / "
Amen! And is coming again to raise the <hod:
yea, father and mother with the rest, who now sh*>^,
on the " Old Homestead ' " ♦' For the trumpet shall
sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptii)le,"
etc. Let us praise God for the blessed hope.
MY FATHER AND MOTHER.
Isntpf Pottn- (unl Miss Mar;/ Bic*^,
Married January 7th, 1780.
Aaron Potter, born Sept. 3rd, 178«).
Zebudah Potter, born Mar. 22nd, 17H8.
Israel l*otter, Jr., born Jan. 7th, 1790.
John Potter, born Jan. 17th, 1792.
Joseph Potter, born Jan. 31st, 1794.
Mary Potter, born May 16th, 1796.
Sarah Potter, born Dec. 17th, 1798.
Fanny Potter, born Jan. 11th, 1800.
James M. Potter, born April 7th, 1802.
A HISTORY OF
Jacob Potter, born Feb. 10th, 1804.
Susanna Potter, born Feb. 10th, 1806.
Ann Potter, born Nov. 15th, 1808.
Josiah S. Potter, born Feb. 22d, 1810.
Zeruah Potter, born Dec. 24th, 1812.
Isaiah S. Potter, born Oct. 9th, 1814.
'Verily, verily, I say unto thee. Except a man be
born a<rain, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
(John iii. 3. ) Jesus Christ is " the first born from
the dead." (Col. i. 18, and Rev. i. 5.)
Thus endeth the first instalment !
Qta'fe an Annt/ f
But from " Israel," sprang not quite so many as
** the stars of heaven for multitude," as was the case
of Abraham ; " in thee, and in thy seed, shall all the
families of the earth be blessed:" "and that seed
was Christ." -And if ye be Christ's, then are ye
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.".
Marrt/iiuj uf the Children.
• 'The children of this world marry, and are given
in marriage : but they which shall be accounted
worthy to^ obtain that world, and the resurrection
from the dead, neither marry, nor are given m mar-
riage : neither can they die any more : for they are
equal unto the an-els : and are the children of God,
beino- the children of the resurrection."— Jesus.
(Luke 20: 34-36.) "Man sliall leave his father
THE POTTER FAMILY.
and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.''
(Gen. 2: 24.)
Aaron Potter and Susan Purday.
Zebudah Potter and Josiah Spurr.
Israel Potter, Jr. and Catherine Ditmars.
John Potter and Mary Balcomb.
Joseph Potter and Margaret Balcomb.
Mary Potter and James Balcomb.
James M. Potter and Sylvia Harris.
Sarah Potter and Josiah Spurr, 2d wife.
Ann Potter and Rev. Joshua B. Coggswell.
Susanna Potter and Henry Watkeys.
Jacob Potter and Catherine Warn.
Josiah S. Potter and Louisa Bartaux.
Zeruah Potter and Thomas Hurd.'
Isaiah S. Potter and Sarah A. LaCain.
John Potter and Maria Marshal, 2d wife.
Jacob Potter and Mary J. Cook, 2d wife.
Josiah S. Potter and Naomi G. Bent, 2d wife.
James M. Potter and Caroline Wilson, 2d wife
Sarah Spurr and Harris Miller, 2d husband.
"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth." (Gen. 1 : 28.)
All the family married but one !
*' It is appointed unto men once to die, but after
this the judgment : so Christ was once offered to bf;ar
the sins of many ; and unto them that look for him
shall he appear the second time without sin [or sin-
offering] unto salvation." (Heb. 9: 27, 28.)
A HISTORY OK
JFattjcr mti iEoti)cr,
r>lJOTllEUS AM) SlSTKUS, WHO HANE DiED I
And now "sleep in the dust of the earth.*'
(Dan. 12: 2; 1 Thess. 4: l:;. is.)
Zehudah Spurr. d. Jan. 11th, 181(5; age 2H.
Joseph Potter, d. Oct. l*.>th, 182!) ; age Sf).
Zcniah Hui-d, d. :SIar. !»th, 1840; age 2K.
Rev. Israel Potter, d. Aug. 17th, 1847 ; age 84.
Mary, wife of Rev. Israel Potter, d. :Mar. 7th,
184i) ; age 80.
Susan Watkeys, d. Xov., 18G6 ; age 60.
Aaron Potterl d. Sept. 21st, LSliO ; age 74.
Rev. Israel Potter, Jr., d. June 2()th, 18(i0;
age 70. .
Jacob Potter, d. June !Kh, 18()() ; age 02.
Funny Potter, d. Mar. 23rd, 187.5 ; age 7.5.
John Potter, d. Mar. 15th, 187« ; age 8(5.
Mary Balcoml), d. Oct. 2nd, 1880; age 84.
Isaiah S. Potter, d. February, 1885; age 71.
" If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of
,ny appointed time will I wait, till my change come."
(job xiv. 14.) " I am the resurrection, and the life :
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet
shall he live (at the last day) : and whosoever liv-
eth (at the last day) and believeth in me shall never
(//p. Believest thou this?"— Jesus. (John xi. 25, 26.)
" Beheld, I show you a mystery; we shall not all
sleep (in death), but we siiall all be changed."—
Paul. (1 Cor. 15: 51.)
TIIK POTT K 11 FAMILY
Extract from Rev. Israel Potter's Letter
To thf^ Editor, Dr. lidhhnif.
(This letter was from my clear old father, dated the year that
I was born.)
Clements, Annapolis County, N. S.
M(i>/ 12, 1«10.
Dear and Key. Sir :— In the beginning of :March
last, a most wonderful and powerful reformation
began in the lower part of this town, which seemed
to pervade the minds of old and young, and many,
we hope, were brought to the knowledge of the truth.
About ten davs afterward the good work made its
appearance in the middle of the town. The people
assembled from every quarter, and it seemed that it
might be truly said that God was passing through
the" place in a very powerful manner. The glorious
work ha^ since spread Mirough every part of the
town and some of all ages have been made to bow
to the mild scei)tre of the Redeemer.
The ordinance of baptism has been administered
for five Sabl)aths successively. Forty-five have been
admitted to this sacred rite, and a church has been
constitut(>d upon the gospel plan, consisting of sixty-
five members, to which we expect further additions.
If I should say that 200 have been hoi)efully con-
verted to the i.ord in this town since the reformation
commenced. I think I should not exceed the truth.
Tlie good work is still spreading eastward very
rapidly, and looUs likely to spread through the
A HISTORY OF
The opposition has been great, and many oaths
have l)een sworn, even in the time of divine service.
But the Lord has triumphed over the horse and his
rider, and blessed be his name !
At Round Hill I understand there is a number to
be baptized to-day. The province of Nova Scotia
has been highly favored with the gospel. \Ve heg
an interest in your prayers, that the Lord would
cr'iye us strengrtb to contend earnestly for the faith
that was once delivered to the saints.
Your unworthy friend,
Was In the War of 1812.
My fiither was Captain of the Militia, in the war
of 1812. He served during the reign of King
Geortre IV. But this was before he was ordained to the
■5? , .
gospel ministry. In after years his delight was m
''the law of the Lord." He laid aside the "carnal
weapons," for "the sword of the spirit, which is the
word of God." His meditations by night, and by
day, was in the gospel of the Son of God. His
prayers in the morning for the blessings of the day,
and at evening for God's watch-care over us through
the ni«dit, was of intinite vahie to the household,
the neighborhood, and the comuumity at large. I
hope his successcrs are following in his footsteps, and
preaching God's word, instead of the fables of the
last days ! (), what glorious times I have seen in the
"old kitchen," when I was young — before the nieet-
ino- house was built ! The preaching, the exhorta-
THE POTTER FAMILY
tions, the old songs of Zion ! The shouting of the
saints— the bleating of the lambs, and going down
"bv the river side," to be ''btrrmf with Chrlxt in
baptism /" etc.
Rev. Israel Potter was ordained to take the pas-
toral charge of the iirst Baptist church in the to^'n of
Clements. Ho served the church for many years —
until his eyes failed him ; then his son, Israel Potter,
Jun., was ordained co-pastor, and labored with his
father in the gospel ; and finally had the whole charge
of the church up to the time of his death.
My father often took his text from among the
Prophets, and the Psalms, and sometimes from the
Song of Solomon.
Mv brother Israel was not so much of a sermonizer :
his o-ift was more of exhortation. Hut the best of all
was, they both had salvation ; and that is the reason
thev had souls for their hire !
Father used to work hard all the week, farming,
fishing and brick-making ; then go and preach Sundays
all over the town and county, year after year, and
didn't have to go to Europe every summer for his
health 1 He was a notable public-spirited man, always
ready to give generous aid to public institutions, a^d
ai&o to local enterprises. He didn't charge $5000 a
year for telling the people, that "God so loved the
world that he gave his only begotten Son, that who-
soever believeth on him should not perish, but have
everlasting life." (John iii. 10. ) Whatever his con-
victi(»ns were concerning doctrine, he had the inde-
pendence to assert them ; and his name and influence
A HISTORY OF
went tlH()u<irhout the province, and his house was al-
ways open for ministers and for "pilirrinis and stranir-
The expense of the latter-day .sweet spiritual flow-
ering out and rounding-off periods, in the brief wor-
shi}) on the Lord's day, ean best be estimated by con-
trasting it with the old-fashioned, somewhat ungar-
nished, l>ut hearty, worship of the earlier days— with
the burden uj)on them, "Woe is me, if I i)reach not
the gosi)el of Christ !" They had no picnics, church
ftiirs, and gambling tables in the "house of God" in
those days. The burden of their preaching was:
"lie that bclieveth and is bajitized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned!" Their
songs were —
'* The ,jiKl<rnient day is rollin.^f on.
The ufloss of life will soon be run,
Creation with her tiery doom,
Tiie Lord will '■ on appear!
Oh, there'll he irlc , jrlory, glory,
When saints sliall view liiin near."
My father lived in the days of James Manning,
Edward Planning, Theodore Harding, Harris Hard-
ing, Thomas H. Chipman, Dr. Jialdwin, Enoch Tow-
ner, Thomas Ansley, and a host of others that I have
seen with mine own eves. Thev were all faithful
men in the vineyard of the Lord, and all above re-
proach I I would give u'ore for one of their old .ser-
inons than I would for all the UKufd'n pttpnhir ser-
tnoufi put together, with a few exceptions.
Let us all try to emulate and benefit by their ex-
THK POTTER P'AMILV.
ariiplo. My faith is still strong in the last "will and
testaiiient" of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I
have no regard for "evolution" and "new departures."
I believe God made a man and a woman at the
ontxH. And ail the Rev. Divuies who are paddling
"Darwin's" canoe had better repent, and believe
God's word, before they get upset!
Children of Uncle Joseph, Upper Clements.
^^'arren Potter, born
Sophia Potter, born
Eliza Potter, born
Louisa Potter, born
Lvman Potter, born
Win. F. Potter, born
^lary Potter, born
Sally Potter, born
Silas l\)ttcr, born
L^NCLE Franklin's Children, West Port.
George Potter, born died
William Potter, born died
Edward Potter, born died
Joseph Potter, born died
Franklin Potter, born ' died
Mary Ann Potter, born died
Hettie Potter, born died
A HISTORY OF
Synthi:i Potter, born
Phebe Potter, born
Uncle Benjamin's Children, Smiths Cove.
John Potter, born died
Thomas Potter, born died
William Potter, born died
Henry Potter, born died
Edward Potter, born died
Synthia Potter, born died
Sarah Potter, born died
Children of Bro. Aaron & Susan, Clements Vale.
James Edw. Potter born
Anthony Potter, i)oru
Israel Potter, born
Reuben Potter, born
Aaron Potter, born
Fanny Potter, born
Mary Potter, born
Elizabeth Potter, born
Susanna Potter, born
Children or Bro. Israel and Catherine,
John Dou«:las Potter born died
Dowe Potter, born
THE POTTER FAMILY.
David Potter, born
Jeremiah Potter, born
Israel Potter, born
Catherine Potter, born
Abijrail Potter, born
Kebecca Potter, born
Children of Bro. John and Polly, Clements Port.
Helen Potter, born
John H. Potter, born
Olive Potter, born
William Potter, born
James Potter, born
Robert Potter, born
Mary Ann Potter, born
Samuel Potter, born
Sarah Potter, born
Children of Bro. Joseph and Margaret,
Jeruin Potter, born <l|ed
Ambrose Potter, born (^^jed
Joseph Potter, born ^^jed
Catharine Potter, born died
Jacob Potter, born ^^i^<^
Children of Sister Mary and James.
Zebudah A., b. Jan. 1 , 1817 ; d. Aug. 21, 1851 ; age 34
Israel P., b. May 17, 1811); d.
THE HISTORV OF
Eliza M., 1). Jan. 8, 1821; d.
JolinCx., b. Dec. 3, 1821 ; d.
James H., h. Dec. 21, J 824; d. Fel.. 19, 1885 ; age 31
Henry W.,b. Oct. 1, 1826; d.
Edmund P., b. Aug 15, 1828 ; d.
Susan A., b. May 4, 1831; d.
George W., i). May 6, 1833 ; d.
Children of Bro. James and Syvia,
Peterson Potter, i)orn died
Polhemus Potter, born died
Harris Potter, born died
Fred Potter, born died
Louisa Potter, born died
Children of Bro. Jacoh and Catharine,
Harriet Potter, born
Alfred Potter, born
Elizabeth Potter, born
Joseph Potter, born
Mary Catharine Potter, b.
Peierson Potter, born
Children of Sister Ann and Joshua.
THE POTTER FAMILY.
Children of Josiah and Louisa, Potters Point.
ElizH Jane, b. Feb. 2, 1842 ; d. 1855 ; age 13.
George M., b. Dec. 11, 1843.
Mercy M., 1). 1847 ; d. November, 1851 ; age 4.
Anna Louisa, h. Oct. 6, 1849.
Emma, b. January, 1852; d. May 1, 1852.
Wife Louisa d. May 16, 1852 ; age 32.
Josiah and Naomi (one child), East Boston.
Emma Z. Potter, born Mar. 28th, 1854.
Wife, Naomi G. Potter, died July 19th, 1877;
n<re 54 yrs. 3 months.
Isaiah S. and Sarah A. L. (one child).
Emma Potter, born
Children of My Son George, and Maria, Boston.
George F., b. Dec. 22, 1869 ; d.
Walter H., b. May 2, 1871; d.
LukiM., b. Mat. 23, 1873: d.
Graci-i M., b. Dec. 5, 1876 ; d.
Nannie, b. Sept. 29, 1879 ; d. July 21, 1880.
Willie, b. Feb. 21, 1881 ; d. Sept. 19, 1881.
A HISTORY OF
OF OLD TIMES. WHEN A BOY
The barn, the bay, ^'a8 ftill of hay,
Where hens went eveiy day to lay.
The ox, the cow, the sheep, the lambs,
The rtslilnu beach, so ftiU of cu ns.
The thrashin}? floor, the thrashed wheat,
We winnowed on a home-made sheet.
The old rtax brake, I knew quite well,
I used more times than I can tell.
The logs, the saw-mill and the brook.
We cau;;ht some trout, with a pin-hook.
Roast spare-rib, and the «ood baked lamb.
The potatoes dry, and the best of ham.
The corn, the pumpkins, and the beans,
I now remember all such scenes.
I went to mill with a bag of grain,
Was sometimes caught out in the rain.
The maple trees, the sugar c.anp,
Gave light by night. witb.Mit a lamp. "'
The loom went bang, and the spinning wheel,
The yarn wound on the c Id hand reel.
We us>ed the scythe, pitchfork and rake.
But eveninir time we got hot cake.
The field of flax, all dressed in blue,
Gave to our eyes an elegant hue.
The sausages and Christmas pie
Were made so nice, we did not cry.
THE POTTER FAillLY. ^1
The lif.-t of broad my mother made,
My sisters learned the same good trade.
The old steel trap, the rabbit snare.
We caught the fox, and the gray hare.
The pears, the cherries, and the plum
Were sweet to us,— we did them gum.
The hawk the gul\ and eagle too.
The owl at night, said hoo-hoo-hoo.
Am Now a Man, and, —
with liarrow-axe, and broa<l-axe new,
I've hewed shlptlmber, straight and true !
Whether hardwood, spruce, ^r white pine,
I always hewed un to the line !
And by the grace of God, will try and hew up to
the Gospel Hne, as did my ' ' Father " and ' ' Brother,"
who have "fallen asleep!" And if the chips fly in
your face, you must get out of the way of the axe .
(The chips are hay, wood and stubble ! etc.)
The Old and New Testament is my axe, "two
Now, let me say, An Revoir !
I may not see you any more !
But hope in Christ to reach that shore
Where we shall live for evermore !
And sing the song of grace divine,
The gift of God to all mankind !
Submitted all in good faith,
Your unworthy friend and servant,
J. S. POTTER.
Boston, Feb. 22, 1885.
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Il£ leadeth me ! oh ! blessed thought,
Oh ! words with heavenly comfort fraught ;
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
Still 'lis God's hand that leadeth.
Ref. — He leadeth me ! He leadeth me !
By his own band He leadeth me ;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by his hand He leadeth me.
Sometimes 'mtd scenes of deepest gloom.
Sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom,
By waters still, o'er troubled sea, —
Still 'tis His hand that leadeth me.
Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
Nor even murmur nor repine —
Content, whatever lot I see.
Since 'tis my God that iT.deth me.
And when my task on earth is done,
When, by Thy grace, the victory's won.
E'en death's cold wave I will not flee.
Since Jesus is my victory !
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